My Writing Priorities

cute cartoon penguine at a computer from OpenClipArtI’ve been seeking freelance writing work for a month now. From The Write Feeling site, Freelancer and several other places, I’ve put out my name and my skills to find work that pays. While prepared for how hard this would be, I didn’t count on how frustrated I would feel. It’s been a month and while my business plan reflected a slow start (over three months in fact), I’m still hurting that I’ve been unable to secure work.

On Tuesday I returned to my Freelancer account to assess my skill set. I updated it and began a fresh search for jobs with these new skills in mind. I now include ghostwriting in my skill set as well as blogging, articles, fiction, editing and proofreading. My search is primarily for editing and proofreading work, since this is what The Write Feeling specialises in, however, in light of the update, I did look at ghostwriting. Three days on I’m yet to place a bid on any ghostwriting job.

I spent a day considering this – since I’m unconsciously disregarding a potential source of income I need to know why! After much thought I found the answer and through understanding why I’ve avoided these jobs, I’ve also come to better understand my motivations as a writer.

The money on offer is as good as any other job, as are the hours. The time I would need to give over to ghostwriting, in some cases, is easier than the jobs I have bid for. However, these ghostwriting jobs all (so far without exception) state: ‘copyright and ownership passes to me (employer) and your (employee) name will not appear on the final work.’

Huh. So, though I’m paid, I don’t get the credit for the piece? What if it’s the best thing I’ve ever written? What if, after completing the job, I lose all my fingers and can’t type another story ever again? What if I just decide to pack it all in, after the job? Despite having written something that is now published and earning a few pennies, I’ll never get credit.


I laughed at myself when I identified the problem. I found it funny. It comes down to what I’ve always suspected about myself but have now proven: I don’t care about the money. While it would be nice, big bucks are just a fringe benefit to seeing my name in print.

At least now that I know that, I can be smarter about how I bid for jobs on Freelancer and anywhere else.

Where do you guys draw the line when it comes to your writing? What is the key aspect of it for you that keeps you going back for more and more?

About Ileandra Young

I'm a thirty-*mumbles* year old (purple loving, cheese worshipping) author of fantasy, juggling a pair of beautiful twin boys with my burning desire to make up stories and write them all down. When I get the chance, I play games, listen to music, and in days long past I even ran a radio show. Though I occasionally write non-fiction, my heart lives in fantasy and my debut novel, Silk Over Razor Blades is now available through Amazon along with part two of the trilogy, Walking The Razor's Edge.
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6 Responses to My Writing Priorities

  1. Rob says:

    I have a full-time job to pay the bills. I write for fun. It would massage my ego if someone “discovered” me and published my work, but I’m not expecting that to happen any time soon. I guess I’m architypical amateur.


    • It’s a curious balance with me. I’ve now reached the point that I can’t remember what it was like working ‘full time.’ Most of my fun I get from being able to sleep (!), but writing helps too!


  2. I’m dipping my toe into the water of freelance at the moment – thanks for your insight, it gives me more food for thought. I edit mostly but did succeed in collaborating in creating a Vision Statement for my local council recently – this is a boost for my freelance portfolio.
    Good luck to you.


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